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DVC Campuses Reopen Friday October 13 -sent October 12, 4:36 p.m.

Dear DVC Community,

Diablo Valley College, as well as the other colleges in our District, will be open on Friday, October 13 th .  This decision has not been made lightly. The air quality was not nearly as bad today as Wednesday, and it is not forecast to worsen significantly over the next few days. But as long as the fires continue to burn, changing conditions may be what we will face for the foreseeable future.

I cannot know what tomorrow will bring, but since we primarily serve an adult population, it best to reopen and allow faculty, staff, and students to use their own judgement as to whether or not to come to campus. One of the bases for the decision is the minimum day requirements for the college calendar. This requires that we would need to add another instructional day should we decide to close on Friday.

Please know that the health and safety of our students and employees is our paramount concern. I recognize the decision to participate in classes and services tomorrow can and should be made on an individual basis.  Again, to our faculty, I ask that you make considerations for students who are unable to attend classes tomorrow – especially our College Now students who will not be in attendance.  Faculty are encouraged to make alternative arrangements with students as is appropriate.  We have nearly 70 sections that meet this Friday, so a decision to remain open will have far less negative impact on student learning.

For faculty and staff, should you chose to refrain from coming to the college tomorrow due to health considerations or due to the direct/indirect impacts from the fires, please follow your constituencies leave process. 

Sincerely,

Ted Wieden
Interim President, Diablo Valley College
321 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, California  94523

Voice (925) 969-2001
Fax (925) 687-2527
twieden@dvc.edu


Contra Costa College - Donation/volunteer Inquiries  - October 12, 10:40 a.m.

As a result of the emergency shelter that has been set up on the Contra Costa College campus, we are starting to receive inquiries about donations. Unless we get specific requests from the American Red Cross/The Salvation Army, we are referring all donations to those agencies.

Additionally, we are asking individuals interested in volunteering to register with the Red Cross (link below) rather than showing up and overwhelming shelter operations. If employee volunteers are needed on any CCCCD campuses, a member of the management team will be in touch with you.

Monetary donations:

American Red Cross – Northern California Coastal Region

The Salvation Army - San Francisco Bay Area (button to donate to fire relief at top/center of homepage)

Bay Areas Professional Sports Teams You Caring Page

Volunteers:

Trained Red Cross volunteers are currently staffing shelters and supporting residents. As the disaster continues to evolve, the Red Cross will assess how community volunteers can best support the operation. Those interested in volunteering to support Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino wildfire relief efforts, can sign up:  http://tinyurl.com/RedCrossVolOctober2017 .

Other Donations:

No donations of clothing, food or other items are currently being accepted for the emergency shelter at Contra Costa College or any of the colleges in our district.


Campus closure - October 12 - sent October 11, 8:38 p.m.

After extensive consultation with district leadership and due to the continuing air quality issues created from the fires in the North Bay, we have decided to close the campus for Thursday, October 12, 2017 .  At this point, all classes and activities will be cancelled for tomorrow only, but is subject to change. 

The campus is currently open (Wednesday evening) and all scheduled classes will remain in session.  In addition to the closure of Diablo Valley College (both campuses), our fellow campuses, Contra Costa College and Los Medanos College, will be closed, too.

Faculty, staff, and students are not required to report to campus tomorrow. We will continue to monitor information from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the local media for updated information.

The website advisory will be updated and emails will be sent as information becomes available.

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Note: A separate notification was sent to DVC managers asking them to report to work, as they will still be needed to report to BFL CCC at 8 a.m.


Air quality advisory - October 11, 2017 2:23 p.m.

Colleagues,

As the unprecedented fires in the North Bay counties continue, the effects are being felt across the entire Bay Area. We are very concerned with the impact on our air quality, but also want to take a moment to extend our sympathies to those residents (and employees and students) who have been greatly affected by these fires. Whole neighborhoods have been destroyed, and we are all saddened by the devastation these fires are continuing to bring to these people. 

The college is working closely with our district leadership team to monitor air quality issues, as well as the impact on our campus activities.  As of now, the college will remain open with classes in session.  However, due to the air quality and recommendations from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), we are limiting outdoor activity, including our Athletic team activities.   

The BAAQMD has advised the following: “In other parts of the Bay Area, residents should protect themselves from the impacts of heavy smoke.  If residents see or smell smoke in their immediate area, avoid outdoor activity including exercise.”  The full texts of the BAAQMD advisories are here: 

I also ask that managers be sensitive to the health concerns of our college community and that faculty be sensitive to the health concerns of our students.  Should you feel that the air quality is inhibiting your ability to be on campus today, please work with your supervisor on alternative plans.  Because the college is not officially closed, all absences – related to air quality issues – will be excused, but will be subject to the use of your available leave balances.  Unfortunately, the reduction in air quality appears to be a Bay Area wide event.

Since the situation in the North Bay is constantly changing, please monitor the local media coverage and the above resources for up to date information.  As we continue communication with our District leadership, we will share any changes about the status of operations at DVC.

Thanks very much,

Ted Wieden
Interim President, Diablo Valley College321 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, California  94523

Voice (925) 969-2001
Fax (925) 687-2527
twieden@dvc.edu